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IRRC Approves Increase In Oil And Gas Well Fees

The PA Environment Digest reports that the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved an Environmental Quality Board regulation increasing oil and gas well fees.  Additional information regarding IRRC’s approval can be found at its website.  Under the current rule, fees are calculated based on  wellbore length.  Under the proposed rule, which was previously published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, “unconventional nonvertical wells” and “unconventional vertical wells” will be assessed a fee of $5,000 and $4,200, respectively, regardless of total well bore length.  Currently, the average permit fee is $3,200.